the Minister of Education, Pap Ndiaye, pays tribute to the professor
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Two years after the assassination of Samuel Paty by a radicalized young man, the French Minister of Education, Pap Ndiaye, traveling to the University of the Sorbonne, paid tribute to the professor of history and geography. The minister spoke of the “hope and consideration” that the teacher had for the young people.
The emotion is great. The Islamists “have not succeeded and will not succeed” in “suppressing intelligence and the very possibility of teaching”, said Minister of Education Pap Ndiaye, visibly moved, during a tribute on Saturday October 15. at the Sorbonne to Professor Samuel Paty murdered two years ago.
“Whether we knew him or not, we miss Samuel Paty, because we know that (…) the hope and consideration he had for young people are part of those forces that hold together the Republic, the more tolerant product” and “prepare the citizens of tomorrow”, added the minister during this ceremony organized in an amphitheater of the Sorbonne, where a room now bears his name, by the Association of History-Geography Teachers (APHG ).
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“Two years later, the trauma is still there,” said Pap Ndiaye at the exit.
“Teaching is explaining and not being silent”
Regarding the tributes organized in schools, Friday October 14 or Monday October 17, the minister was “delighted that very few incidents were recorded” on Friday. “There are 18 nationally, it is much less than last year”, he welcomed, considering that his ministry attested to showing “firmness” in the face of incidents, but also “transparency “: “We don’t put dust under the carpet”.
“To teach is to explain and not to be silent”, declared for her part Mickaëlle Paty, sister of the teacher, who dedicated her speech “to all the people who have died, been injured, tortured or imprisoned for having dared to express themselves. “.
Three classes of middle school students, who worked during the 2021-2022 school year on the theme of freedom of expression, were awarded the first Samuel Paty Prize, awarded by the APHG.
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The winning class, from the Marie-Mauron college in Pertuis (Vaucluse), investigated past religious intolerance in their region, in the form of podcasts allocated to the massacre of the “Vaudois du Lubéron” which claimed some 3,000 Protestant victims, in the 16th century.e century.
For the 2e edition of the prize, middle and high school students are invited to work this year on the theme of “infox” and the danger they represent for democracy.
Samuel Paty, a 47-year-old history and geography professor, was beheaded on October 16, 2020 near his college in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, west of Paris, by a radicalized young man who accused him of having shown caricatures of Muhammad to his students.
Earlier in the morning, Éric Zemmour, president of the far-right movement Reconquête!, had gathered a few hundred supporters in the Samuel Paty square, near the Sorbonne, and described the assassination as “avoidable Francocide”, the culmination of a “continuum of violence”.